Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has officially announced his departure from Africa Democratic Congress (ADC).

The man, now known to be a serial defector, this time, moves to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) after keeping mute about the internal crisis rocking the Oyo State ADC.

Ladoja made his intentions known on Friday, December 6, while addressing journalists in his residence at Bodija in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

But questions had to be asked about his political godson, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, who is also the governorship candidate of the ADC.

Ladoja said that he did not leave his political godson in the cold, adding that he had called Lanleyin to reason along with him on several occasions.

But the party elders took a decision without taking cognizance of the consequences it could have on the progress of the party in the 2019 general election.

"You can imagine there are a lot of things that is not even clear to the party gubernatorial candidate as well.

"For instance, the choice of picking Lanlehin's running mate is not clear to Lanlehin himself, he was not given the privilege to pick who will be his deputy and that is too bad."

"How will a governor run an effective governance without a good relationship with his deputy if you don't have such good relationship from the day one?


"My deputy was not imposed on me when I was the executive governor of this state. These and some other issues which are very crucial to the party are the main reason for my defection from the party to the Zenith Labour Party," he said

He explained that Oyo ADC is controlled by some people whom he described as the invisible leadership who control the affairs of the party from one corner.

"I have advised them on several occasions on many issues that can make the party progress but they always refused, and since they are not ready to move into winning direction, I decided to go to Zenith Labour Party where we have more people that are ready to go with ideas and advise that will be useful for the party.

"We have Sarafadeen Alli as our party gubernatorial candidate and we also have other candidates vying for various positions such as Senate, House of Representatives, and state house of assembly, so the party is ready to go to poll come 2019 general elections and I am optimistic that our party, Zenith Labour Party will win the election in this state.”

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